3-Stars for All-New Jimny at Aussie Launch

The long awaited Suzuki Jimny has return to Australian dealerships as part of a dual Australia Day launch alongside the new Suzuki Vitara.

The all-new Jimny fully embodies the core character of the one-and-only, small, lightweight 4X4 vehicle following nearly 50 years of worldwide popularity.

Featuring a functional exterior and interior, ladder frame body, advanced ALLGRIP PRO 4WD system with a low range transfer gear, which can be easily switched from 2H (2WD-high gear), 4H (4WD-high gear) and 4L (4WD-low gear).

The most technically advanced Jimny to date with Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS), hill descent control, lane departure warning, six airbags, high beam assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESP), reversing camera and LED headlights all fitted as standard equipment.

For the powertrain, a more powerful and fuel efficient 1.5 litre engine is adopted with an output of 75kW. Available in a 5-speed manual transmission and also a 4-speed automatic transmission.

While it’s all smiles for Suzuki, Australasia’s independent authority on vehicle safety, ANCAP, has announced a 3-star safety rating for the Suzuki Jimny. The Jimny has fallen well shy of expected safety standards in three of the four areas of assessment.

“The Jimny misses the mark with structural and design weaknesses, poor protection of pedestrians and cyclists, and lack of effective safety aids,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

“Engineers observed a number of issues in the frontal offset test including excessive deformation of the passenger compartment, with penalties applied for loss of structural integrity, steering wheel and pedal intrusion and knee injury risk. Insufficient inflation of the driver’s airbag was also observed with the dummy contacting the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating reduced protection in more severe crashes.”

Performance of the Jimny’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system is limited with no cyclist detection or night-time functionality. Weak performance was observed for its avoidance of pedestrians, and active lane keep assistance is not available.

The strongest area of assessment for the Jimny was Child Occupant Protection, scoring well for its ability to accommodate a range of child restraints in its two rear seats, and provide good levels of protection to children in frontal and side crash scenarios.

Other specifications include:

  • Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
  • 7-inch multimedia satellite navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Reversing camera
  • Digital climate control & air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Front fog lamps
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Privacy glass

Recommended retail pricing is as follows:

5-speed manual transmission: $23,990
4-speed automatic transmission: $25,990
With an additional paint charge of $500 for metallic and $1,250 for two-tone.

The 3-star ANCAP safety rating applies to both GL and GLX variants sold in Australia and New Zealand.

This post was written by Car and Bike News

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